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Best Foods to eat in Flushing

Flushing can easily be reached by riding the 7 train to the last stop, Flushing Main Street. Flushing is known to have the biggest Asian community in Queens, and it has the best authentic and inexpensive food you can find. Most restaurants have very limited seating, so if a place has no seating available, I recommend to find a sit in the many outdoor and indoor public eating areas around. Most places are also cash only. Here is a list of some of the best foods to eat in Flushing.

Joe’s Steam Rice Roll

Joe’s Steam Rice Roll has the most delicious rice rolls I ever had. The rice roll skin is soft, stretchy, and has a perfect consistency. They are so full of flavor and it tastes amazingly fresh. All of their orders are made to order, so on busy days, you may have to wait a long time just to get your food. I come here very often and is definitely one of the best foods to eat in Flushing

They have many different rice rolls from Beef, Pork, BBQ Pork, Shrimp, curry fish ball, Dried shrimp, and vegetarian rice rolls and you can choose 3 types of vegetables from corn, lettuce, beansprout, scallions, and cilantro to put in as well. You can even add vinegar, chili, oil, and soy sauce to your liking as well. I always get the BBQ Pork filling with beansprouts, cilantro, and scallions.

Joe’s Steam Rice Roll
Best Foods to eat in Flushing
BBQ Pork rice rolls at Joe’s Steam Rice Roll

Mango Mango Dessert

This is a great cozy cafe to hang out with friends. As their name, their mango desserts are their most popular, and this is one of the best foods to eat in Flushing for their variety of desserts from cakes like millie cake, and ice creams, to unique Asian-inspired desserts like durian puff and taro desserts. Their menu

best foods to eat in flushing
Grass Jelly Dessert from Mango Mango Dessert
Grass Jelly Dessert

Phớ Bằng

There are actually a good handful of pho places in Flushing, but I think that Phớ Bằng is the best one of them all. The service is really fast and the meals are always so delicious, filling and authentic with very good prices. This is the perfect place to go in and out for a quick and filling meal. Their pho and grilled pork chop are their most popular. I personally don’t like pho, so I always get the BBQ Pork rice vermicelli.

Phớ Bằng
BBQ Pork rice vermicelli
BBQ Pork rice vermicelli

Laoma Malatang in New World Mall

The entire basement of New World Mall is a huge food court with a lot of different varieties of food. Everything in this food court is authentic and affordable. They have cuisine from Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Thai. During peak hours it can get very busy and finding a clean seat may be hard.

One of my favorite stalls to eat and have a full meal is Laoma Malatang. Dry hot pot is literally the dry version of hot pot and takes the Chinese flavors and ingredients that you’d find in hot pot and cook it dry with spices rather than in a broth. It is so filling, and packed with many flavors, that I think it is one of the best foods to eat in Flushing.

Dry Pot
Laoma Malatang in New World Mall
Best Foods to eat in Flushing
Dry Pot

Tiger Sugar in New World Mall

My favorite boba shop is located in New World Mall. I fell in love with it when I first tried it in Taiwan. They have many varieties of brown sugar boba, and all are delicious. I always get the Black Sugar Boba Milk with Cream MousseTheir boba is so flavorful with the perfect texture. I especially love that their tapiocas are different sizes. Did you know that they have an 8-hour method for cooking their syrups and tapioca pearls? The boba will come with warm tapioca, so be sure to shake your drink before stabbing your straw.

Tiger Sugar brown sugar boba 
Best Foods to eat in Flushing
Tiger Sugar

Taipei Hong

Come to this hole-in-a-wall food stall for the best and most authentic Taiwanese Street food you can find in Flushing! They are known for their popcorn chicken and stinky tofu, but there is many other various Taiwanese food on their menu. Definitely come here if you want to be filled up, my to-go menu is the Taiwanese popcorn chicken rice for $8.99.

Best Foods to eat in Flushing
Taipei Hong popcorn chicken
Taipei Hong popcorn chicken

Kimganae

Come here if you are craving Korean and Japanese food. Their portions are big, and you can get food for take-out or dine-in. I love the numerous flavors of kimbaps they have available like spicy beef rolls, cheese rolls, pork cutlet rolls. The restaurant is comfortable to relax to eat at and I usually always get their pork katsu. Other great picks would be their topokki and kimchi fried rice. Their menu.

topokki from Kimganae
best foods to eat in flushing
topokki from Kimganae

Shanghai You Garden (duck buns, soup dumplings)

I love to go here for their outside stand takeout menu for a quick and easy meal. They make the best duck buns at only $2.50 per bun. Their soup dumplings are really known to be delicious. They also have an indoor seating area for anyone who wants to have a dim sum experience. The prices here are really decent and the service was great, if you want to come with a group of friends to try some authentic Chinese food in the heart of flushing with good pricing, this spot is the place to go. Their menu.

duck buns from Shanghai You Garden 
Best Foods to eat in Flushing
duck buns from Shanghai You Garden

Prince Tea House Flushing

A great and beautiful place to relax with a beautiful and classy interior. They have many desserts but are most popular with their fresh and tasty teas and drinks. It is definitely a great place for tea lovers. After trying their tea, get one of their popular Mille crepes or molten lava cake. I love their desserts since its not too sweet. Their menu.

Prince Tea House Flushing
From prince tea house official website

The COOP Restaurant & Bar

A fun and casual restaurant and bar with amazing Korean fried chicken. They also have many different things on their menu like truffle fries, and creamy udon. The Korean fried chicken has the perfect crispness and you can choose between soy garlic, spicy, or half and half. Their menu.

The COOP Restaurant & Bar
Korean Fried Chicken
Korean Fried Chicken

Flushing Ice Cream Factory

Located deep inside an indoor food court is Flushing Ice Cream Factory, the only place where you can find a wide selection and unique ice creams flavors like Black Sesame, Egg custard, Durian, Ginger, Lychee, Pandan, Pineapple, Red Bean, Taro, Jackfruit and Thai Iced Tea. You can also sample flavors if you want to taste them before picking a flavor! If you check in with Yelp you can get one free topping for your ice cream!

Flushing Ice Cream Factory
pc: Flushing Ice Cream Factory Instagram

Palacio De Las Empanadas

A small restaurant for the perfect empanadas. The staff is very friendly, with very fast service. They also have other food like soup, which makes this place the perfect place for winter.

Palacio De Las Empanadas

8090 Taiwan Cuisine in New York Food Court

Located within the many stalls in New York Food Court, is 8090 Taiwan Cuisine, a place where you can get delicious crispy salt and pepper or stinky tofu for less than $10. Among all the stalls in the food court, this is the busiest one.

New Flushing Bakery (best egg tarts and pineapple bun)

Come to this bakery to get the best egg tarts that are straight out of the oven you have ever had. They sell both Hong Kong and Portuguese styles, but I recommend the latter. The egg tarts are not flaky, fluffy, rich, creamy, or inexpensive. The tarts are blowtorched to perfection, and not too sweet.

New Flushing Bakery (best egg tarts and pineapple bun)
best foods to eat in flushing
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Kong Sihk Tong

A restaurant I recently discovered as a recommendation from one of my friends. The menu is filled with Cantonese dishes, with a touch of European influence. Some of their best dishes include Baked Fried Rice, Golden Lava French Toast, and fried noodles. The servings are huge and delicious but sometimes you have to wait a while to get your food. Their Hong Kong milk is also delicious and tastes very authentic.

beef chow fun from Kong Sihk Tong
best foods to eat in flushing
beef chow fun from Kong Sihk Tong

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